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Measuring accessibility of regional parks: A comparison of three GIS techniques
by Hass, Kara, M.A., San Jose State University, 2009, 54; 1471000
Abstract (Summary)

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBPRD) staff would like to know how well they are serving the public with the current configuration of regional parks and where the need for new parks is greatest. Many authors have incorporated accessibility measures to analyze the spatial equity of parks using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). However, the types of accessibility measures are numerous, all previous research was local in scale, and the type of park in question was not taken into consideration. To determine the method that best suits the needs of the park district, three common methods were examined and used to measure the accessibility of the parks provided by East Bay Regional Park District. The results of the comparison reveal the cumulative opportunities measure produced a better geographic representation of regional park accessibility when compared to the least cost and minimum distance measures. When used in an equity analysis, the cumulative opportunities measure did not overemphasize highly populated areas, and it identified locations in the region suitable for conservation and regional recreation facilities. Additionally, in regional analysis, using census block data introduced the potential for errors and misinterpretation in rural blocks, as compared to urban blocks.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Taketa, Richard
School: San Jose State University
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Area Planning and Development, Geography, Recreation
Keywords: California
Publication Number: 1471000
ISBN: 978-1-109-36769-0
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